Thursday, May 5, 2011

Lampwork Beads

Do you know what these are?  They are called glass canes and are used in making glass beads and more.  Aren't they just beautiful? 
What is caneworking?
Caneworking is a glassblowing technique that is used to add intricate patterns and stripes to vessels or other blown glass objects. Cane refers to rods of glass with color; these rods can be simple, containing a single color, or they can be complex and contain many strands of multiple colors in pattern.
Let's take a look at what can be done with these glass canes!
Meet Marcy and take a look at what she can do!
 (click on photo above to see some of Marcy's work!)
Mary's work: 
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Jill's Work! 
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Take some time to look around at the shops and sites I've shown and try doing a search on the Internet to see what else can be done and some more of the beautiful canes used to make beads.
Have a great day!


Peppercorns said...

Wonderful examples of lampwork. The little owl Marcy has reminded me of a friend. :)

I would love to be able to do lampwork, but I guess I'll just enjoy the work of others.

VintageEmbellishment said...

I love these...reminds me of the old milliflori (sp?) paperweights...what amazing artists these people are!

jj said...

I loooove lampwork. Those bleeding hearts are just amazing!
Marcy, Mary and Jill all do fabulous work!
Very very cool, great shops.
Thanks Runs :)